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Helen’s Birds

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  14 reviews
For as long as Saanvi can remember, she has been friends with her elderly neighbor Helen. They play cards and garden together and, especially, care for the wild birds that visit Helens yard. When Helen dies suddenly, a For Sale sign goes up, and movers arrive, emptying the house of its furniture and stripping the yard of its birdfeeders. The sparrows and hummingbirds ...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Groundwood Books
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Lovely wordless picture book about a little girl, her love for her elderly neighbor and their mutual love for birds, and how she adjusts when life brings difficult but inevitable changes. The author and illustrator share a poignant, compelling story about friendship, aging, death, and renewal.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely heart-warming story that touched up on my own memories, since it reminded me of the elderly neighbor I had growing up and the way I viewed her as my distant aunt, spending many hours playing cards or pretending her table was a piano that I used to "play" on. I would have loved to see some dialogue, that way it could be an interactive experience between parents and children, but I can understand that in this format children can explore it on their own and make up the dialogue using their ...more
Cheriee Weichel
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who thinks wordless books are simple, should be given a copy of this wordless graphic novel. I've now read it three times and am pretty sure I will get more out of it if I spend more time with it. It's an emotional roller coaster.
It's about the relationship between the oldest and youngest generations. I wondered who Helen was until I read the back cover where it explains that this is the story of a friendship between Saanvi and her elderly neighbour Helen. It's a glorious bonding. They
Bethany Pollock
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking and beautiful
Carol Tilley
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, death, nature, kids
A quiet bittersweet story with illustrations reminiscent of Marc Simont's & Chris Raschka's work.
That One Librarian
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely wordless book depicting the experience of a girl moving into a new home, becoming close friends with the elderly woman next door, losing her, and recovering from her death in a beautiful way. Not sugar-coated, but comforting all the same. Some children may struggle to see some of the more subtle details, and will benefit greatly from an adult's gentle guidance with the images. (review is based on an advance reader copy)
Edward Sullivan
A beautifully crafted wordless picture book portraying a warm, realistic intergenerational friendship, the shock of unexpected loss, and navigating painful change.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hope I am Helen to a Saanvi one day.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely amazing story! I honestly wasn't expecting to be as moved by a wordless graphic novel as I was by this. This beautiful story follows a young girl who is moving to a new neighborhood. There she befriends an elderly neighbor and begins spending all of her free time with her. But when tragedy strikes, and her dear friend passes on, the young girl must learn how to keep moving. This book handles the subject of grief in such a way as that it is approachable for all ages - those ...more
I wasn't particularly wowed by this, even though I love birds and birding. The illustrations are bold, but that combined with the episodic nature of the wordless story made some parts a bit hard to follow.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really lovely wordless graphic novel, that is the size of a picture book. Really enjoyed the story.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Very sweet, still think this is more for the grownups than the kids .
Pair with Julie Fletts BIRDSONG ...more
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